Most mornings you will find me at the kitchen counter with a hot cup of coffee close at hand, gazing out of the window and contemplating the day ahead. This morning is no exception, but the view certainly is! Overnight, the temperatures dropped extremely rapidly, while the atmosphere was moisture-laden, and the breeze was fairly calm, producing the winter wonder of frozen fog, or in this instance specifically, soft rime.
See how the frozen particles cling to the undersides of branches, as well as to the tops? That's because the ice particles are formed in rising air currents, as well as in the falling air currents, coating extended items like these tree branches quite uniformly in white.
The neighbor's farmhouse is nearly hidden from view by these heavily frost-laden trees.
These types of wonderful contrasts are more easily found in winter. The return of spring generally causes items viewed to blend together as the eye cannot as easily separate shape and form with the multitudes of greens, grays and browns that are prevalent in the landscape.
Frosty designs on an apple tree leaf are aglow with winter sunshine.
Backlighting adds yet another dimension to the beauty of frosty days. This simplistic portrayal of frosty plume grass seems to beg you to reach out and touch it; just to see if it's really as soft as it looks.
This almost completely frozen fish pond seems to portray the opposite effect; too hard and cold to touch!
Even as simple an item as a ornamental garden frog takes on a new perspective in the winter. If this fellow could actually conceive a thought I believe that he'd say he's fairly ambivalent about winter, though he's nearly buried in the snow!
Yes, we still have some winter to get through, but the good news is that we're at, or near the mid-point of winter and heading toward spring; and we've been afforded the opportunity to see beauty in winter's light.